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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 06/12/2021.

Advanced Occupational Therapist

Job Reference: 832-2021-PTA-1033

Livewell Southwest CIC
CMHF - Rehab
£40,057 to £45,839 pa

Livewell Southwest is an award-winning provider of NHS health and social care services in Plymouth and NHS community health services in South Hams and West Devon. Quality care is at the heart of our philosophy to help keep people safe, well and at home.

A leader in integrated care, we continue to innovate our services into multidisciplinary teams shaped around our localities. As a social enterprise, we offer excellent terms and conditions and future career development opportunities. Our locations offer an exciting work life balance, with Dartmoor and glorious beaches on the doorstep and Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City offering culture and excellent travel links.

Are you an Occupational Therapist looking for a new challenge? Livewell Southwest, one of the most exciting organisations in Health & Social Care, is seeking an enthusiastic advanced practitioner to join our brand new multi-disciplinary recovery service within the community.

We are seeking a registered Occupational Therapist who possesses recent clinical experience in a community or relevant mental health inpatient setting.

The new recovery service is being driven by the Community Mental Health Framework and we are looking for an experienced OT to join the newly formed team. The successful candidate will be instrumental in leading and developing new models of care. We are looking for a practitioner with the skills to manage the OTs’ within the team and lead our support staff in particular. The successful candidate will work to transform the delivery of OT programs and wider recovery within the community. You will have line management responsibilities as agreed with the Team Manager.

You will have a reduced caseload where possible to facilitate change implementation. People open to the newly formed service will experience severe and enduring mental illness and historically struggle to engage with other services. We are looking for someone who can drive the team towards supporting people in the best way possible and overcome some of the challenges associated with this.

The successful candidate will support the manager in forming the team, building an excellent team culture and helping to develop resilience within the team. As a senior member of the team, you will be part of the management structure, therefore will have responsibilities to lead, working collaboratively with the Team Manager, Practice Lead, psychology and doctors.

You will work proactively to reduce gaps in service provision, ensuring that people are at the centre of service delivery.

The successful candidate will need to evidence proactive working practices, will be excellent at time management and prioritising clinical and managerial demands.

The successful candidate will deliver programmes of care for a defined caseload of people with complex mental health and/or social care needs.

Livewell Southwest is an established community interest company, which provides a significant range of high quality health and social care services on behalf of the NHS and city council.

This provider organisation within Plymouth is at the “cutting edge” of integrated service delivery and design. It will ensure seamless, responsive care and support is provided to the individual at the right time, in the right place, by the right professional, ensuring that adult social care statutory responsibilities defined by the Care Act 2014 and the Mental Health Act are fully implemented.

Our best asset is our workforce and we welcome the involvement of all staff in helping to shape the future of the organisation. We want the right staff and are looking for highly motivated, experienced and qualified professionals to join our supportive and friendly teams.

We are part of the NHS family, but our social enterprise status means we are an ‘employee-led’ organisation, offering a flexible and fulfilling workplace with a range of competitive benefits for staff. We also benefit from being based in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, offering an unparalleled lifestyle between Dartmoor and the sea, excellent quality schooling, culture and arts and attractive, well-priced housing stock.

Livewell Southwest seeks to be an exemplar employer and we look to recruit staff with similar ambitions linking to our vision and values. As experts in caring for vulnerable adults we listen to what people want and put people at the heart of decision-making about their care and support.

Livewell Southwest values its staff and makes investment in their development a priority. Currently we offer the following development opportunities for staff:

  • A minimum of three days protected CPD for registered staff
  • Development pathways for unregistered staff from apprentice to bands 2, 3 and 4 and for registered staff in bands 5, 6, 7 and 8
  • Leadership programmes
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Medicines Management, leg Ulcer Management and Assessment Training
  • Access and funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course and Scholarship Into Nurse Training
  • Robust Preceptorship
  • An induction programme tailored to your needs
  • Relocation package may be considered for the right candidate for certain roles

Rewards and benefits

  • Discounts available from retailers, UK hotels and main attractions – often up to 15% savings
  • NHS Pension Scheme and competitive Pension Scheme with Scottish Widows and/or Government Pension scheme (conditions apply)
  • Lease car scheme (available after satisfactory completion of probation/conditions apply)
  • Cycle to work scheme (available after satisfactory completion of probation)
  • Childcare vouchers
  • School holiday childcare subsidies
  • Multiple flexible working options

Livewell Southwest can allow existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme to continue their membership when they join the organisation.

The Government has formally announced that it intends to introduce regulations that will require most healthcare workers which includes frontline workers to be fully vaccinated (1st and 2nd dose) against COVID-19 by 1st April 2022. To achieve this the successful applicant must have had their 1st COVID -19 vaccination by 3rd February 2022 to allow for a 2nd dose to be made before 1st April 2022. Therefore, full COVID-19 vaccination will be a condition of employment unless an individual is medically exempt. We will ask for proof of vaccination or exemption during the recruitment process.

All Livewell Southwest staff are expected to able and willing to work across a 7 day service.

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Additional opportunities:

There are also a number of opportunities within health and care, across Devon, please click on the link entitled 'Proud to Care' more information.

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